How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
Jamie Trost, Project Manager/Captain, Schooner Porcupine
Kristan Wheaton, Associate Professor, Mercyhurst University
On October 21, 2015, the Bayfront Maritime Center launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Schooner Porcupine. Captain Jamie Trost will take the audience through all aspects of their campaign – the research and preparation prior to launch, how they created their story, building the community of fans who will support the project even after the event is over, and the risks and challenges they faced throughout the project.
Jamie Trost will be the Project Manager and Captain for the Schooner Porcupine, an initiative of the Bayfront Maritime Center (BMC), in Erie, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 2016, Porcupine will be offering underway educational programs covering centuries of Erie’s Maritime History. As an Erie native, Jamie grew up sailing on Lake Erie and from an early age was fascinated by the 1812 History embodied in the US Brig Niagara. During his seven seasons as partner Captain for Pride of Baltimore II, he spearheaded the development of Pride II’s first underway educational programs, which focus on the pivotal role of Baltimore Privateers in the War of 1812. In 2013, he was part of a team that benchmarked fleet-wide compensation standards.
Kristan J. Wheaton (Kris) is an associate professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a retired Foreign Area Officer with the US Army who specializes in national security matters, analytic methods, intelligence communications and game-based learning. He has served as a defense and legal attaché to various US embassies and missions in Europe. He has also served in various intelligence or intelligence related billets including the S-2 to the 559th Artillery Group in Vicenza, Italy, Attaché to the Office of the Legal Counselor in The Hague; and Chief of European Analysis at the Directorate of Intelligence, EUCOM, in Stuttgart. He is the recipient of the CIA Seal Medallion and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and is a member of the South Carolina Bar.